Netflix Announces The Witcher Prequel Series

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Netflix will continue to dive into the world of The Witcher. This morning the streamer announced The Witcher: Blood Origin.

The show will be a six-part limited series and a prequel to Henry Cavill-fronted The Witcher. Set 1200 years before The Witcher, Blood Origin tells the story of the very first Witcher. Fans will see how the worlds of men, monsters, and elves collided for the first time.

Henry Cavill in Netflix's The Witcher

What the creators say about Blood Origin

Blood Origin comes from showrunner and executive producer Declan de Barra, whose credits include the first Witcher series and Marvel’s Iron Fist.

As a lifelong fan of fantasy, I am beyond excited to tell the story The Witcher: Blood Origin. A question has been burning in my mind ever since I first read the books. ‘What was the Elven world really like before the cataclysmic arrival of the humans?’ I’ve always been fascinated by the rise and fall of civilizations, how science, discovery, and culture flourish right before that fall. How vast swathes of knowledge are lost forever in such a short time, often compounded by colonization and a rewriting of history. Leaving only fragments of a civilization’s true story behind. The Witcher: Blood Origin will tell the tale of the Elven civilization before its fall, and most importantly reveal the forgotten history of the very first Witcher.

Declan de Barra

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy) will also executive produce.

“I am so thrilled to collaborate with Declan and the Netflix team on The Witcher: Blood Origin. It’s an exciting challenge to explore and expand The Witcher universe created by Andrzej Sapkowski, and we can’t wait to introduce fans to new characters and an original story that will enrich our magical, mythical world even more,” said Schmidt Hissrich.

Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher books, acts as creative consultant on the series.

“It is exciting that the world of Witcher – as planned in the very beginning – is expanding. I hope it will bring more fans to the world of my books,” said Sapkowski.

Stream season 1 of The Witcher now on Netflix. The series has been greenlit for season 2, which will begin filming in August.

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